No Video Diary today. Alex is still asleep and I don’t want to disturb him. Delft was definitely a great day – for the most part. Driving in the Netherlands is probably the closest one will ever come to playing “Bumper Tag” with real vehicles.
The drivers here definitely show no fear, hesitation or even remorse.
The major roads are amazing feats of engineering and strategic planning. Not so much once you get into the cities’ side streets. They are little more than sidewalks on steroids – but not really good steroids. Steroids that make you look in the mirror and go “meh!”.
After trying to follow Google Directions’ speaking out Dutch Street names – which is in of itself, an exercise in futility, we wound up parking right beside a canal in Delft. Try parallel parking beside a canal sometime – it is not for the faint of heart, let me tell you. I had these visions of driving right into the canal.
Anyways, we parked and off we went.
These images were all from a museum in Delft that showed the various construction industries that took place in Delft. The tools took up 5 floors. Every floor described a different part of the construction industry.
After that, we headed towards the downtown core. The day we were there was some sort of annual celebration which included an open air swap meet. There were literally dozens of vendors all trying to sell everything from the sublime to the ridiculous.
This was also where we got to see a variety of marching bands. Seemed to bring out everyone in the whole community. But, they played so well.
We then ducked into another church that was undergoing renovations. This church wasn’t as old as the one in Haarlem or as impressive, but, it was still beautiful to see.
From there, we made our way back to the car and for a cup of tea.
We then used Google to find the car. Upon finding the car, I found my first parking ticket of the trip – hopefully the last – 90 EUROS!!!! Over $140 CDN! AUGH!!! There goes the second pair of shoes I was hoping to buy – *sigh
Alex said we should dispute it – but, it was a Saturday and there was no way I was going to spend a day of my vacation trying to find the police station or the city hall to dispute a ticket. So, I went online and paid it! *sigh
From there, we headed off to the Delft Pottery Factory
This is one of the last pottery factories around and the stuff they make is incredible.